A new research hub is being launched to boost innovative measures to decarbonise and improve transport, as the country works towards its net zero goals.
Decarbonisation Minister Jesse Norman has announced on 2nd February 2023, applications open for organisations to host the new hub, with the government pledging £10 million in funding for the centre, which will establish a UK centre of excellence for transport innovation.
Currently, transport accounts for 27% of the UK’s emissions and the Net Zero Transport for a Resilient Future Hub will drive decarbonisation solutions, such as greater use of recycled materials and reducing the carbon footprint of repairs and maintenance.
The hub will also develop and implement innovative ideas to ensure future transport is resilient and meets the challenges of climate adaption, such as changes to weather and water levels.
It will focus on the UK’s transport sector’s needs over the next 25 years as the government works to meet its 2050 net zero goals, helping to ensure the sector can build UK skills, jobs and innovation.
Decarbonisation Minister Jesse Norman said:
“Innovation is key to the growth of the transport sector, and the creation of high-skilled jobs and business opportunities across the UK.”
“This new UK research hub will build a centre of excellence for the future development of low-carbon transport.”
By working to develop real-world solutions across a wide range of academic disciplines, such as architecture and design, computing and behavioural sciences, the hub will help support innovation in the UK which could lead to high-skilled jobs across the UK.
It will aim to provide a link for early-stage innovation and later stage demonstration across multiple transport modes to create, develop and test climate-resilient solutions that recognise how different places and types of transport will require different answers.